inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2009
Big sticky mouthfeel, tons of nobel hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. This imperial stout puts a huge emphasis on the hops. Nice appearance with a lasting dark ring of foam. This was a bit more hoppy than I like for an imperial stout, but that’s just me. Pretty good stuff. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 7, 2009
On tap at The Ginger Man gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Appearance: dark brown with dark ruby light , good white top. Some lace shown. 4-
Nose: brown and sweet caramel candy malts , alcohol well refined. Mature solid aroma.
Flavor/Palate : Full bodied. Alcohol is not hiding here. Roasted coffee beans , mocha and brown malts added with shot of premium vodka. Quality is apparent.
Pours black. Nose is floral and pine hops, dark roast, cocoa, caramel and coffee. Flavor is a rich roast, some smoke, resiney hops, caramel, dark malt, raisin. Very nice. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Big ups to JW77 for sending me this in a trade. 22 oz capped growler from Bierkraft. Rating number 400 for me. Almost black in the glass with brown highlights. Tan viscosity coats the glass. Strong tan head. Nose is sharp alcohol, malt, dark fruit, and overall bitterness. Taste is HUGE! Big cocoa, molasses, alcohol, then coffee. Bittersweet coffee and baker’s chocolate finish. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Draught at Heritage Liquor. Aroma has lots of malt, a little coffee and earth. Very low carbonation, which is fine. Thick and heavy palate. Rich flavor, a malt bomb, but some hops are there. You know from the flavor and palate that there is a lot of alcohol, but it is well hidden. Comparable to Expedition, but a little sweeter.
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a very deep dark black with a thinning tan head. Aroma is very roasty, almost prickly with sharp roasted malt,s light burn, big syrupy chocolate, burnt toast, green piny hops, and molasses sweetness. Flavor is roast and chocolate with some burnt notes, hints of smoke and pine, licorice and anise as it warms as well as some fruity esters, and tobacco leaf- prickly mouth-feel with some noticeable alcohol as well. A bit rough and too big for my likes. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours deep and dark dark brown with a small tan ring of a head...aroma is full of cocoa malt, astringent coffee and char, light hops...flavour is similar, bitter chocolate, astringent from both the bitterness and hopping, it lingers...hot and bold, interesting stuff! brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
22oz bottled 3/6/10, rated 3/27/10. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Smells intensely hoppy, lots of flowers and pine, like a double IPA almost, with a tiny bit of alcohol burn on the nose. Taste has lots of sweetness, vanilla, alcohol and pinecone hops. Has a tinge of bitter roast on a finish largely dominated by vanilla and alcohol. If you blindfolded me I would have had trouble telling you this was an imperial stout, the hops crush everything. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
aroma is big roast but bigger hops, sharp citrus cuts through the murkiness of deep carmelization. appearance is opaque with film head and little lacing. flavor is stinging bitter citrus smashing a hole in a cloud of darkness. doesnt exactly mesh at times but as the session goes on the palate adjusts and it certainly fulfills my daily requirement of hops. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
Thanks to a fellow mug-clubber at Flossmoor Station for the taste. It pours a thick black body with a slender brown head. The aroma is roasty and smokey, dark malts with smooth chocolate and some dark dried fruit, all liberally seasoned with citrus and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is thick rather than creamy. The flavor has the addition of alcohol and an intensifying of the hops. More interesting than enjoyable.